By John Lawrence
An honest-to-god backroad vehicle with kayaks on the roofing is the only tip that the nondescript store hides every kayak design understood to humankind.
Their storefront doesnt have a huge LED indication or other large vibrant indication outside that matches the color and appealing design of the high-ceilinged screen and sales floor inside.
The rear of the store has a rear counter with tools on the wall where Thomas repair work and changes kayaks for customers.
There also is a complete line of devices in the shop, too: professional-grade paddles to fit kayakers of all sizes and skill, top quality sun and shade hats, paddle gloves, wet/dry t-shirts, kayak sandals and water shoes, fishing deal with, long lasting sunglasses and even spare parts for kayaks.
” This has been uncommon year, busier than any other year, due to the fact that a lot of individuals desire to get on the water to get away from everybody,” Kim says. Its gorgeous out on the water; theres a lot of natural charm in Florida that people do not understand about because they are out on motorboats or jet skis, and they pass it all up.
Unlike other organizations, the introduction of Covid-19 has actually not slowed consumer interest in kayaks or getaways.
Kayakers can choose boats that match their sport: crossover kayaks, inflatable kayaks, touring and day-touring, sea kayaks, whitewater kayaks, folding kayaks, and boats that are pedaled powered– with platforms developed for bird watching, fishing, scuba diving, just about anything one wishes to do on the water.
They have actually created a loyal and growing consumer base via Facebook and other social media marketing, online meet ups, and by matching lovers and beginners to the best kayaks and taking them on float trips on a few of Floridas– and Central Americas– crystal-clear and remote waterways.
” We sign up our customers and kayakers by means of our site and Meetup.com, which brings individuals with comparable interests together for activities and do journeys every month. “We choose the rivers, theres more to see, birds, wildlife and such.
” We were stressed out on the corporate world,” Kim says as she stands amongst the vibrant kayaks showed in the store. “My spouse was a nurse, a RN. Thomas is likewise a veteran, having served during Desert Storm in the Army and the U.S. Air Force. We were just kayak lovers; we loved to kayak on the exact same rivers we take our friends and clients on– beautiful places like the Homosassa River, the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge, the Rainbow River, Weeki Wachee State Park and places in the Caribbean.”
Whether one likes sit-on tops or kayaks where you get below with your legs extended, with a waist collar to stay dry as you paddle through waves, Osprey Bay Outdoors has it.
Open the front doors under the Osprey Bay Outdoors indication and a warehouse-sized store exposes itself to the consumer: hundreds of kayaks of every design, length, and function stacked, one next to the other, on display screen racks, angled so the buyer can take them in.
Whats surprising about Osprey Bay Outdoors is that couple owners Thomas and Kim Doehleman opened the shop 22 years ago, most of those years at 160 N Belcher Rd. They moved from their very first place on U.S. 19 before the highway was raised above the business strips that run beside it.
The duo and other trainers with the store provide paddling and kayaking lessons, offer kayak fishing charters, and routinely bring their numerous kayaks to the water so potential buyers can try each out on the water and see which design fits finest. A water test drive, if you will. The cash one pays for renting kayaks from Osprey Bay Outdoors can be used to the purchase of a kayak, too, Kim says.
Its a warehouse full of kayaks for usage in Floridas oceans, gulf, bays, rivers, marshes and lakes.
Osprey Bay Outdoors
160 N Belcher Rd., Clearwater, FL 33765
( 727) 524-9670
John Lawrence is a free-lance writer who has covered Florida events for decades. He enjoys covering individuals and locations of Clearwater. He can be gotten in touch with at [email protected]
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The duo and other instructors with the store offer paddling and kayaking lessons, provide kayak fishing charters, and routinely bring their different kayaks to the water so potential buyers can try each out on the water and see which design fits best. The cash one pays for renting kayaks from Osprey Bay Outdoors can be used to the purchase of a kayak, too, Kim says.
” We were burned out on the business world,” Kim says as she stands amongst the vibrant kayaks showed in the shop. We were just kayak enthusiasts; we loved to kayak on the same rivers we take our pals and consumers on– beautiful locations like the Homosassa River, the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge, the Rainbow River, Weeki Wachee State Park and places in the Caribbean.”
” This has actually been uncommon year, busier than any other year, since a lot of people want to get on the water to get away from everybody,” Kim says.